TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - The Alliance of Community Medical
Rehabilitation Providers is urging the government to protect seriously
injured car accident victims when it considers the report of the
Catastrophic Impairment Expert Panel. The report is scheduled to be
released next week.
"A reduction in benefits for those who've been seriously injured will
only serve to help the auto insurance companies," said Nick Gurevich of
the Alliance. "Accident victims deserve to receive the healthcare and
assistive living services they require. We are worried that the
revised definition of catastrophic impairment will result in a
reduction in benefits."
The report is expected to propose changes to the definition of
"catastrophic impairment", and could leave to further cuts to insurance
benefits to the most seriously injured.
The Ontario government signaled in the 2011 Budget that it would tackle
car insurance fraud, instead of taking aim and further cutting benefits
to accident victims. The Alliance supports this approach.
The Alliance strongly advocates for an expansive approach to the definition of "catastrophic impairment" which would take into
consideration all of the accident victim's injuries and needs -
physical, psychological and other impairments.
The Alliance of Community Medical and Rehabilitation Providers
represents approximately 80 companies, and about 3500 health care
professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists,
speech language pathologists, chiropractors, social workers,
psychologists and case managers. It is these individuals who are the
primary providers of healthcare and other rehabilitative services to
Ontarians who are injured in automobile accidents.
To learn more about the work of the Catastrophic Impairment Project:
SOURCE Alliance of Community Medical Rehabilitation Providers
For further information:
Holly Rasky 416-697-0858